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Electrosurgery is a procedure that involves burning the skin that
wart. This is done with an electrical charge sent
through the tip of a needle, drying and burning off the wart tissue. The skin
around the wart must first be numbed with a painful
local anesthetic injection.
Electrosurgery can be used for a single wart or a few warts but not
for large areas of warts. It often leaves a scar, and warts can return after
Curettage is the surgical removal (scraping or cutting) of wart
tissue using a scalpel or a small, sharp, spoon-shaped tool. This procedure may
be painful and can cause scarring. Curettage usually requires local anesthetic,
except in the case of filiform warts, which have only a small connection to the
skin. Curettage is a quick treatment to remove warts, but recurrence of warts
Electrosurgery and curettage are sometimes used together to treat
large warts and increase the chance of successful wart removal.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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